QF and Emirates talk up FFP benefits
SYDNEY, 13 February 2013: Qantas and Emirates today unveiled details of benefits that will be available, 31 March, to frequent flyers through their proposed partnership, which remains subject to regulatory approval by the Australian government.
According to the press statement released earlier today, the airlines will offer customers a seamless travel experience across one of the world’s largest networks.
Some of the benefits that Qantas Frequent Flyer and Emirates Skywards members will be able to access from 31 March 2013 are:
• An expanded network for members of each programme to earn Qantas Status credits and Status bonus or Skywards Tier Miles and Tier bonus.
• Redeem points/Miles on any part of the Qantas or Emirates network – a combined total of more than 175 destinations worldwide.
• Access to both Qantas and Emirates lounges for Gold members (or above) of either programme in Australia, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.
• Have their tier status in either programme recognised with both airlines when flying on the joint Qantas-Emirates network (where available).
Qantas chief executive of Qantas loyalty, Lesley Grant said the benefits announced today would give frequent flyers of either airline the opportunity to earn and redeem points or Miles across a massive network.
“Our shared goal has been to offer Qantas and Emirates customers the best global network, flying the largest combined A380 fleet and supported by the best rewards for our frequent flyers,” said Ms Grant.
Emirates’ executive vice president, passenger sales worldwide, Thierry Antinori said: “Yesterday we announced Platinum – our new tier, which has been developed to enhance the travel experience for frequent travellers and to offer additional benefits to Emirates Skywards members who have earned over 150,000 Tier Miles in a year. Now today we are unveiling the wide range of benefits that our members can enjoy as part of the Emirates and Qantas partnership.”
Emirates and Qantas have also announced their shared baggage policy on certain routes for travel from 31 March 2013. Qantas will move from a piece and weight system, to a weight system, for all international flights – excluding those to/from the Americas. As part of this alignment, Emirates will increase its pre-purchase excess baggage discount to 30%.